Ministry of Defence has 'major rethink' over London barracks sale

Reports that the Ministry of Defence has had a 'major rethink' over its plans to sell off the Household Cavalry's Hyde Park barracks to a luxury homes developer feature in today's newspaper round-up.

London’s Evening Standard reports that defence chiefs’ plans to sell the site "are set to be scaled back following the terror attacks in London this year". The paper says that "failure to identify a suitable alternative site within 30 minutes’ ride of Horse Guards Parade has forced a major rethink, according to property sources".

The Guardian reports that "drivers of the most polluting vehicles must from now on pay a daily charge of up to £21.50 to drive into central London". The paper says that, from yesterday, "people driving older, more polluting petrol and diesel vehicles will be liable for the £10 T-charge, on top of the congestion charge of £11.50, which has been in place since 2003".

The Times (subscription) says that London mayor Sadiq Khan said that the new charge "was just the beginning and that he planned to include diesel cars that were now only two years old".

The Guardian reports that a freedom of information request has revealed that the government "spent £370,000 of taxpayers’ money unsuccessfully fighting claims that its plans to tackle air pollution were illegally poor". The paper says that the money "was spent battling two actions brought by environmental lawyers ClientEarth and included more than £90,000 in costs paid to the group after it won on both occasions".

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